Hi, I’m Lisa and I lived for years with clutter and chaos in my home from caring for a sick parent (my Mom had Alzheimer’s) while managing a household with husband, kids and cats…all while attempting to run multiple businesses. It was, without a doubt, one of the most difficult times in my life. I survived it by ignoring non-essentials and allowing them to pile up around me. (I later realized I had sacrificed some essentials too.) I let go of as much as I could and focused on keeping my mother and my two very small children safe and well and socialized, though I didn’t always do the same for me. I rode the roller coaster of emotions that comes with constant uncertainty and sleep deprivation, mom guilt and caregiver guilt, and so much more. (You can hear a bit more about my mom on this personal podcast interview and to hear more about my story and my advice for caregivers, check out this podcast interview.)
When my time caring for my mother came to an end, I looked around and was shocked at the fall out. I was ashamed and weary and I didn’t like who I was or want to live like that anymore. I didn’t want my family to live like that anymore. So I set out to change it. And me.
I slowly began to care for myself far more than I had for years, exploring holistic remedies and reteaching myself how to embrace rest and balance. I read tons of books and listened to thought leaders and expert organizers who inspired me to clear our space and follow my calling. As I did this, I saw how much it changed my whole family…how much it healed us. And I knew I had to help others experience that, so I became a coach.
While it’s not necessary to have lived what your clients have to help them as a coach, I have a unique perspective of empathy for most. I have lived extreme stress, mom guilt, self-care struggles, codependency, caregiver life, corporate world angst, direct sales drama, marital challenges, diet and exercise woahs, entrepreneurial endeavors, and the quest for holistic living in the middle of a compartmentalized, disposable world.
I firmly believe that what we go through in our lives offers us an opportunity to learn and grow and help others. It’s my mission to help chronically overwhelmed caregivers make space in their lives for what matters and to be the antidote to their stress.
About Positively Productive Systems
Lisa Zawrotny founded Positively Productive Systems LLC in January 2016.
She is a member of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals and holds current certifications in time management, stress management, life coaching, and meditation instruction.
Lisa began her business as a professional organizer helping clients in their homes. By 2017 she had shifted to entrepreneurial clients who were either working from home or in local businesses. With this shift in location came a shift from traditional organizing to productivity coaching. Lisa combined her knowledge of professional organizing with her 20+ years in the corporate world and her own experience as a business owner to become a productivity & organizing coach.
By 2018 her clientele had shifted almost completely to entrepreneurs, especially multitasking mothers, and her coaching shifted to primarily online.
Lisa has been featured in numerous podcast and video summit interviews as well as guest webinars. She has hosted and facilitated in-person and virtual workshops involving productivity, decluttering, stress reduction, and vision boards. She has also been a featured speaker at the Amazing Women’s Retreat in New Fairfield, CT and a repeat guest speaker for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County.
As a speaker, coach, and host of the Positively Living Podcast, she shares the powerful healing of simplifying, self-care, and structure. Lisa teaches chronically overwhelmed clients how to declutter their lives inside and out and design customized systems and habits that allow them do less, live more, and breathe easier.